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Title: Grandchildren of experimental music : performing the compositional act by creating intriguing situations in which musical sound may occur
Author: Ingamells, Andrew Thomas
ISNI:       0000 0004 7426 3989
Awarding Body: Birmingham City University
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 2018
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This portfolio of work explores alternative methods of musical composition that question the distinction between composer and performer, presenting an integrated and interdisciplinary artistic approach that aims to engage a broader public in the production of experimental music. The seventeen pieces in the portfolio are playful outcomes of a practice that, whilst rooted in musical concerns, does not privilege the sounding result. In the accompanying commentary the heritage of experimental music and Fluxus is used as a starting point to reconsider the traditionally separate roles of composer and performer. I assert that these roles currently remain distinct and separate in contemporary practice, despite the challenge that experimental music and Fluxus posed to conventional music-making. In order to address this I reconfigure the relationships between composer, performer and listener through an interpretation of a diagram by experimental composer George Brecht, and develop a framework in which the act of composition can be performed through 'reading', 'character' and 'playing'.
Supervisor: Wolters, Michael ; Skempton, Howard ; Woodley, Ronald Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: W300 Music ; W400 Drama ; W600 Cinematics and Photography